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Watch: Suspected drunk captain arrested after boat crashes into Macomb Sheriff's vessel

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Macomb County Sheriff's Marine Division vessel was damaged after a boater crashed into it Friday on Lake St. Clair, officials said.

No injuries were reported, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the crash happened at about 7 p.m. Friday on the lake near St. Clair Shores.

Crew members aboard the Marine Division's Patrol Boat 4 were conducting a stop for a violation in Jefferson Beach Marina when a 30-foot Sea Ray Cabin Cruiser struck their vehicles, sheriff's officials said in a release.

A 69-year-old Oak Park man was piloting the Sea Ray, according to the statement.

Investigators said the patrol boat and the vessel it had pulled over, a 17-foot Wellcraft, were docked on the marina seawall, one behind the other, when the crash happened.

The Sea Ray was traveling faster than the slow, no-wake speed required in the area, authorities reported.

Officials said the Sea Ray struck the marine division vessel on the port side and both boats were damaged. The Sea Ray continued traveling until it struck the sea wall and stopped, according to the release.

Deputies said the Sea Ray's operator exhibited signs of impairment in field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol and taken to the Macomb County Jail to await charges.

Officials also said the sheriff's vessel did not have to be removed from service following the crash.

The sheriff's office released video of the crash.

The crash is the latest mishap on Metro area waterways in recent weeks.

A 62-year-old Detroit man drowned Friday evening after falling from a boat into White Lake.

Two people were critically injured Thursday after a boat crash on Lake Erie in Monroe County.

Also Thursday, two people were injured in incidents on Commerce Township lakes in Oakland County.

In one, an unmanned watercraft struck a pontoon boat on its side on Union Lake. A Waterford Township woman, 29, was lying on her back with her feet at the point of impact, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

In the other, a 20-year-old Commerce Township man was injured after diving into four feet of water on North Commerce Lake and hitting his head on the lake's bottom.

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